Joy BielenbergJoy Bielenberg, Southwestern ID Regional Representative

My father’s fight with pancreatic cancer was an eye-opening experience. Dad had family or friends with him around the clock during his hospital stay. I noticed that all up and down the hall were patients with no visitors. At the time I hoped to someday lessen the loneliness they must have experienced. However, it wasn’t until years later when my husband, John, and I retired from teaching that we were called upon to help others who needed medical assistance: driving 200 miles round trip to Dr. appointments, sitting in at appointments to ask questions, and providing guidance based on the information learned at the Dr.’s office.

Most recently John and I were privileged to help my uncle in his final battle with prostate cancer that had metastasized throughout his body.  How could I have been more support for him? The answer came in Cancer Companions as I listened to Karen explain the ministry at a conference in early 2015.

God has been preparing me for this service for a long time. We are saved by grace through faith, however Ephesians 2:10 goes on to explain God’s purpose: “For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” It is exciting to live each day and grow into the good works God has prepared for me.

I love to spend time outside canoeing, walking, fishing, cross-country skiing, and camping. I get energy from God’s creative beauty.

To contact Joy, email her at Joy@cancer-companions.org

 

jann-jim picJann & Jim Stewart, Phoenix, AZ and Montana Regional Representatives

Jann has been a Christian marriage and family therapist since the early 1990’s. In 2000, she added crisis work to her career and has supported hospitals in the Greater Phoenix Area.  With a masters degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University, she has counseled and ministered in most all areas related to emotional and spiritual needs.  Jann is currently an adjunct professor at Arizona Christian University and has a private counseling practice in North Phoenix.  Jann hosted two long-running cable shows that ministered to the community in the areas of spiritual growth and addressed the universal concerns associated with pain and suffering.  Her primary therapeutic focuses have been regarding: strengthening marital and familial relationships, PTSD, and grief counseling.  Jann’s favorite passage is James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Jim and Jann have been in ministry together since before their marriage over twenty-five years ago.  He is a theologian who speaks, teaches, and provides pulpit supply.  One of his life goals has been to develop an unshakable Judeo-Christian worldview and to share that with others.  As Jesus said, “Salvation is of the Jews”, so Jim has a special calling to bless the Chosen people of God.  Jim lost both his mother and father to cancer.  Together, Jim and Jann witnessed firsthand how the vexation of cancer can test all involved when a family deals with mortal issues – and how cancer can possibly draw a family closer through love that’s tested by sorrow.

Together, they endeavor to help cancer patients, survivors, and their family members in both the Greater Phoenix Area and also in Montana where they previously ministered. This mission will be accomplished by growing the ministry of Cancer Companions in both communities for the glory of God and the expansion of His Kingdom.

To contact Jann and Jim, email them at Jann-Jim@cancer-companions.org

 

Pic - Stephen HigginsStephen Higgins, CO and Greater Kansas City Area Regional Representatives

I enjoy and love my bride of almost 39 years, my wonderful family and five grand-kiddos! Life is intended to be lived with “Christianly thinking”, which is an adventure and family always helps to make sure you do have both active!

My mission in life is to effectively give that hand up in serving others, that’s why I teach, train and travel anywhere to do just that! In the last 38 years, I have pastored, been an International Trainer, V.P. of a College, President of a Christian College, CEO of my own consulting business.

As the USA Director for a College in Israel (professor of Biblical Studies/Business), an active member in International Anglican Church, Cancer Compassion is exactly what I need to serve others in Churches with real hope, love and joy that CC gives. Having lost my sister to Cancer a few years ago, CC would have been a great help, nevertheless what a joy it is to share CC now with others.

My life core – is simple – Jesus our Messiah is everything, which has me looking for ways to give a hand up to the least, lost and the left-behind… to have a passion for people.

To contact Stephen Higgins, email him at Stephen@cancer-companions.org